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Cropp: Factors Exist to Help Dairy Markets in 2015

We all know that milk prices have been heading down for some time. But University of Wisconsin-Extension expert Bob Cropp says there is a little bit of good news to report as we look ahead to the rest of the year. In his latest Dairy Situation and Outlook report, Cropp says milk prices are expected to average higher than what was forecast earlier due to a smaller increase in this year’s milk production.


Wisconsin Dairy & Beef Well-Being Conference Scheduled

The University of Wisconsin-Extension will host its annual Dairy and Beef Well-Being Conference on April 30 at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. Organizers say consumer confidence is a critical piece of food production, so this year’s event will focus on animal care practices and why it matters to consumers.


Cooperative Extension Programs Help Strapped Rural Communities

Low prices for commodity crops are never good for agricultural producers. But for small farmers, many of whom already depend on off-farm income, this is not a good scenario.

Navigating this uncertain financial terrain is not for the faint of heart; fortunately, at-risk residents in rural communities have the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) on their side to provide them with the information they need. Land-grant universities (LGU) provide research-based information through non-formal, non-credit to residents in their state.


A Q&A with Reicks View Farms representatives

shland Daily Press’s Amber Mullen met with Gene Noem and Dennis Frame to discuss some of their plans for the proposed Badgerwood Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in the Town of Eileen.

Noem is a representative of Reicks View Farms and Frame is the retired co-director of Discovery Farms for the UW-Extension currently serving as a hired consultant for the proposed Badgerwood CAFO.


New Management Technology To Be Discussed At Manure Summit

New technology for manure handling and treatment will be a topic of discussion at a Green Bay summit this week. The Midwest Manure Summit will welcome farmers and agriculture business professionals to discuss manure management, which is blamed for water-quality issues in Door and Kewaunee County. Aerica Bjurstrom from the Kewaunee County UW-Extension office says the summit gathers experts from around the world to discuss manure management issues.


Vom Fass USA to expand with second Madison location

Father-son duo Justin and David Gibson first brought Vom Fass, a gourmet vinegar and oil shop of German origin, to the United States in 2007, launching a chain of franchises that have come full circle with its 25th storefront scheduled to open in Downtown Madison in April.


EXTending a hand in Dunn County

A program of UW-Extension ,4-H Youth Development works to promote life skill development through experiential learning opportunities. This is done through 4-H Community Clubs, of which there are 14 in Dunn County, serving more than 625 youth and adults, and also through various other youth development opportunities like after school programs, youth leadership endeavors, and youth coalition work.


Caledonia native is UW-Madison’s ‘bug guy’

For just about a year now, Liesch, a Caledonia native and 2003 graduate of Case High School, has been managing the Insect Diagnostic Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It’s a multifaceted, university staff position that includes fielding questions about insects from the public, some teaching and also conducting outreach programs about insects throughout the state.


Agriculture experts discuss farm animal safety in freezing temperatures

Unseasonable cold temperatures can be dangerous for pets and their owners, but agriculture experts say farm animals are safe outdoors.

The weather couldn’t keep agricultural enthusiasts inside.

“I enjoy working with the animals,” Eau Claire 4-H Member Brooke Johnson said. “It’s cold sometimes, but it’s still fun.”


UW Extension seed fund supports tech innovators in Milwaukee

When Scott Vanderbeck started Organic Research Corp., he was focusing on developing technology that would teach computers to identify fatty liver disease from liver biopsies more efficiently and accurately than doctors could.

Now, he’s finding there’s application in the technology for a whole lot more.


Program teaches financial literacy

Students at Beaver Dam Middle School are on their way to choosing the right career and managing money properly thanks to “Economics for Success,” a new financial program recently introduced in the Junior Achievement curriculum.


“We Could Do a Lot More Outreach.”

UW System President Ray Cross discusses how an independently managed UW System might work.

Gov. Scott Walker proposed a $150-million-a-year budget cut and sweeping management changes at the University of Wisconsin System in February — an additional challenge for what already had been a challenging year for the system’s president, Ray Cross.